PennLive/Patriot News Comes Out Against Potential PA Food Additives Ban


Harrisburg, PA — In an editorial published on April 12, PennLive/Patriot-News came out against legislation being considered by some members of the Pennsylvania legislature to ban some additives and dyes in products sold in the state.

The editorial cites NCA representatives who met with PennLive’s Editorial Board “made a convincing argument that matters involving public health should be left to experts. They argued the connection to red dye 3 and cancer is not conclusive and has never been proven in humans, only in animals. They also noted the FDA is in the process of reviewing its recommendations on the additives and may revise them.

“They are urging legislators in Pennsylvania and other states to let the FDA do its work. We agree.”

The editorial points to State Reps. Natalie Mihalek, R-Allegheny and Washington counties, and Melissa Shusterman, D-Chester County, who have introduced two bills to ban some additives and dyes in products sold in the state, noting “Many popular food candies, sodas, baked goods, cereals and even fruit cups contain the additives in question.”

The Editorial Board states: “On the surface, it may look like California and the Pennsylvania legislators are acting boldly to protect people, but they may be doing more harm than good. And such action could hurt Pennsylvania food manufacturing companies if each state is allowed to set its own safety standards.”

Pointing out that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) “has trained scientists who do independent research subject to peer review and public scrutiny. The last thing we need are people without expertise deciding what foods and medicines Pennsylvanians should or shouldn’t have.”